Tick-Bite Prevention, Education with Poppy Seeds — CDC

Tick-Bite Prevention, Education with Poppy Seeds — CDC

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is apologizing for their viral Twitter post involving a poppy seed muffin and ticks. It's part of a CDC effort to warn Americans of tick-borne infections such as Lyme disease that the agency said are on the rise. Rosovsky says the insects have a better chance of survival in the fall and spring if there's no snow and temperatures are warmer.

Authorities are warning Vermonters that a decline in the tick population this year in Vermont won't last.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged/deer tick that is well-established in the state's western Upper and Lower Peninsulas. Apply permethrin to clothing.

Always check for ticks on yourself and your animals after being outdoors, even in your own yard.

Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.

Some people think that the CDC intentionally chose this freakish imagery in order to grab people's attention and get across an important message about ticks. With a steady motion, pull the tick's body away from the skin. Wash hands and bite area with soap and water.

Washing clothing in hot water and drying on high heat will kill ticks in clothing.

Summer is just around the corner and a new study suggest pet owners are not prepared for the dangers of fleas and ticks.

Contact your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms.